The Huawei Matepad 11 price is approximately KES 60,000 in Kenya. The tablet landed recently on the shelves of Huawei Experience Centre located at the Sarit Centre in Westlands, Nairobi. The high end device is a superb upgrade of the Matepad 10 and was launched in June 2021.
Key highlights specs of the Huawei Matepad 11 tablet are:
- 6GB RAM
- 10.95 inch touchscreen display
- 64GB / 128GB internal storage, expandable to 256GB via MicroSD
- 2-Generation M-Pencil
- 7250 mAH battery
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G processor
- HarmonyOS 2.0
- 2560 x 1600 pixels
- Keyboard accessory
- Rear 13MP and front cameras
- 485 grams weight
- Maximum speed 3.1 GHz
Notable missing elements
- Google apps and other related apps. If you are a fan of such apps, then you will be disappointed. But there is an alternative (see end of article)
- Doesn’t have the 3.5mm audio jack for headphones
- Some have been reported to lack the SIM tray for holding MicroSD card.
Huawei Matepad 11 colour options and other specs
The tablet comes in a variety of colours: Isle Blue, Matte Grey, Olive Green. The colour range offers one a different feel from the more common black, pink and red varieties that most phones and tablets have.
This tablet uses the USB-C charging option. In the place of providing the audio jack, the manufacturer provides an adapter for this port. So you can’t be charging and at the same time have headphones in use.
The screen display is bright enough and superb, but the gloss which can create reflections when used in outdoor events. It has a refresh rate of 120Hz.
The keyboard makes it easier to do typing in cases where you have to, which is quite convenient compared to if you were to do it on the screen. You can actually use both hands, so if you are a traveller or a business person on a trip, this technology is for you. The powerful battery performance is an added advantage as it gives the freedom to make forays into spaces that are further away from electricity. However, do not stretch your luck too far with the manufacturers promise of 41 hours in ‘Performance mode’ and 57 hours on battery saving mode. Probably half that amount of time to be safe.
If you are a traveller and wanted to capture some moments using this Huawei technology product, you can use the rear camera at 13MP. You can record videos at 720p, 1080p, or 4Kp depending on your choice.
Is it possible to download android apps on Huawei Matepad 11?
As you know, Huawei doesn’t run on android anymore because of longstanding trade spats that saw USA companies such as Google ending partnerships. Now the Chinese phone maker has its own androidlike OS called HarmonyOS.
If you search for an android app on this table, you will definitely not find one in its Appstore. However, the search redirects to APKPure and other websites that have android app repositories. You can download the app you want from there and because of how HarmonyOS is built, the app will run on the Matepad. Just beware of viruses even though the Huawei claims to have vetted all the downloadable apps.
Remember also that APK is going to be obsolete this year as Google embraces AAB for all apps on Play Store. Huawei promises to keep up with these changes.